Versace documentary heads to Sundance

Versace documentary heads to Sundance

African American Women in Cinema is pleased to host the 4th Edition of the AAWIC Special film screening program during the Sundance Film Festival taking place January 25, 2020 in Utah. 

This historical event will feature the popular short film, “The Promise” by Senegal Africa, Director Fatou Tore’ Ndiaye as part of the Senegal Africa Film Community partnership.  In addition, the program will also include the Highly anticipated documentary of the Iconic Fashion Designer entitled, “What’s In a Name: The Alfredo Versace Story.” Produced by two women of color and Directed by award winner, Terence Gordon. A TnG Films and Black Ink Pictures Production.  

“They could take away his name, but they could not take away his creative genius,” said filmmaker Terence Gordon.

“What’s in a Name: The Alfredo Versace Story” shows how Alfredo was raised from humble beginnings, built a fortune while helping to globalize the Versace brand only to be stripped of his name and have it all taken away. It will also depict how after Gianni Versace was murdered in Miami, Gianni’s sister Donatella Versace took over the company and won a lawsuit against Alfredo barring him from using his last name commercially.

“I am super enthused to be a part of this powerful story as one of the film’s producers and to have it screened on one of AAWIC Signature events is monumental, said Terra Renee, President of African American Women In Cinema. The African American Women In Cinema (AAWIC) organization has served as a continuous support for the vibrant work of women filmmakers for the past twenty two years. AAWIC has provided a platform to showcase aligning experienced and novice filmmakers, directors, producers, screenwriters and/or actors.  

Our mission is to expand, explore and create business opportunities for minority women filmmakers throughout the entertainment industry. It is the goal of AAWIC to give artistic women a path to fulfilling their dreams through showcasing their talents, exposure to peers’ interaction, and mentoring by established professionals.  “The Promise” is about a young woman (Sophie) who married and converted into a devoted housewife. Sophie created a beautiful home and atmosphere. One day she receives the shock of her life from her husband.

Black Ink Pictures LLC and TnG Films LLC production companies have been producing films, music videos, digital cinema series, documentaries and commercials for several years. TnG Films was started back in 2001 with Director Terence Gordon at the helm. Black Ink Pictures is the Holding company for the Youthful Ambition YA Digital Brand and Series that was created by Terence Gordon in 2014. 

Love Boat 78 will be brought to the attention of the film community at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah where author Tom Madden will sign copies of his book at the screening of a documentary “What’s in a Name: The Alfredo Versace Story” directed by Terence Gordon about Madden’s friend Alfredo Versace. The event is sponsored by African American Women In Cinema. The book highlights how then 78-year-old Madden dove headfirst back into the dating pool, except this time, it wasn’t just a pool—it was a raging dating ocean called the Internet. From whirlwind romances to digital breakups, Madden experienced everything Internet dating has to offer.

Love Boat78published by Mascot Books, explores how Madden’s huge heart, racing libido and irreverent humor helped him cope with loss and ultimately sail into the sunset once again in love after meeting his Brazilian wife, not on the Internet, but in a sports bar called Duffy’s. Tom Madden is an author and owner of Transmedia Group, one of the country’s leading, multi-lingual public relations firms. From the TransMedia Building in downtown Boca Raton, the award-winning firm serves clients worldwide, from Israel to New York, Norway to South Africa, Miami to Mexico. The event is supported/sponsored by TransMedia. Other books by Madden include his autobiography “SPIN MAN,” satiric novel “King of the Condo,” and “Is There Enough Brady in Trump to Win the inSUPERable Bowl? 

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Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.